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Report: Warriors interested in Arizona PG if trading down

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The Warriors own the rights to the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

One option available to the front office is trading down, which would net Golden State more assets.

And if the Warriors ultimately choose that route, they are interested in Arizona point guard Nico Mannion, according to TrueHoop's Henry Abbott.

It's unclear exactly where in the first round the Warriors would be comfortable selecting Mannion. Back in December, ESPN's Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz had him going No. 7 overall in their mock draft.

In April, Mannion slipped to No. 18. And in ESPN's first mock draft after the lottery, he is at No. 21 overall.

"Offers a healthy blend of scoring and playmaking at the lead guard spot," Schmitz writes. "Has potential as a three-level scorer with his ability to make shots off the dribble with range, change speeds and directions, pull-up in midrange spots and finish with floaters.

"Nothing special physically at 6-foot-3 with a fairly narrow frame and a negative 6-2.5 wingspan. Solid leaper but lack of a standing reach limits him as an at-rim finisher. Doesn't get to the free throw line consistently. Lack of tools limits him on the defensive end."

Over 32 games (all starts) as a freshman for the Wildcats, Mannion averaged 14.0 points and 5.3 assists, while shooting 39.2 percent from the field and 32.7 percent from 3-point territory.

 

The McDonald's All American went to high school in Phoenix, and was ESPN's No. 9 ranked recruit in the Class of 2019.

Golden State selected his father -- Pace Mannion -- in the second round (No. 43 overall) of the 1983 NBA Draft. And don't forget that coach Steve Kerr is a proud Arizona alum.

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Additionally, Mannion models some of his game after two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, who is a Warriors consultant.

"Bits and pieces of his craftiness," the 19-year-old told Schmitz in June. "He was just so cerebral. He could pretty much do anything on the floor. When he (got) in the paint, the ball just seemed like it (was) always a part of him.

"His sneaky finishes -- he (would) keep his dribble alive around the baseline, and just flip up little reverses."

If the 19-year-old ends up on the Warriors, he would compete for minutes at backup point guard -- which reportedly is a roster priority this offseason.

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